EU rules on illegal logging and deforestation impact of EU market products: Have your say

The European Commission has launched public consultations on the functioning of the EU Timber Regulation and the FLEGT Regulation, and the deforestation impact of products placed on the EU market.

Two key EU regulations to fight illegal logging, the Forest law enforcement, governance and trade regulation (FLEGT) and the EU timber regulation (EUTR), will be evaluated. According to the Commission, the EUTR and FLEGT Regulation “fitness check” will “look at the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added value of both regulations in contributing to the fight against illegal logging.” As the regulations are closely related, the Commission is carrying out a common evaluation to assess whether they are fit for purpose.

Opportunity for feedback is open until 26 November 2020.

The Deforestation and Forest Products Impact Assessment will contribute to an impact assessment investigating the suitability of “different demand-side measures to address deforestation and forest degradation associated with EU consumption”. The consultation will gather stakeholder opinions on potential additional measures to reduce the impact of products placed on the EU market.

Opportunity for feedback is open until 10 December 2020.